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Robert Harris is quite simply a brilliant writer. He combines the ability to tell a good yarn with fine writing and an eye for historical detail. I first read his Cicero trilogy – (which I will review later) – but it is his latest book, Munich that we look at here.   (Published by Penguin – 2017).

51LLK0a8WmL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_This is a novel woven round the story of the infamous Munich agreement in 1938. This is usually spoken of with contempt as an example of the weakness of appeasement.   Harris, as is his wont, tells the story though superb characterization and exquisite historical detail.   He uses the literary device of two young men who had been friends – coming into contact with one another again at the Munich conference. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries and Paul Hartmann is a German diplomat and a member of the anti-Hitler resistance.

Although we…

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